50 Years of Inspiring Canadians

Whether it’s uniting people through song or sport, fighting for the less fortunate or saving whooping cranes from extinction, close to 7 000 Canadians have worn the Order of Canada insignia with pride. The sum of their visions has helped us build a better Canada. This is a handful of their stories—inspiration for what’s still to come, because there is so much more to do.

Learn more about the book: They Desire a Better Country – The Order of Canada in 50 Stories

  • Arts & Culture, Social Justice
Member of the Order of Canada – 2011

Reader of seven languages, speaker of four. Singer/songwriter/musician. Writer. Activist....

  • Social Justice
Member of the Order of Canada – 2012

The black and white photograph, taken by the legendary Yousuf Karsh in 1958, shows a striking...

  • Arts & Culture, Social Justice
Member of the Order of Canada – 2013

Carmen Campagne was booked to appear as part of a hot-air balloon festival in Saint-Jean-sur-...

  • Arts & Culture
Companion of the Order of Canada – 1985
Officer of the Order of Canada – 1967

Formidable and ruthless. Generous and proud. Indomitable and fiery. Revered and reviled. Bloody-...

  • Arts & Culture
Companion of the Order of Canada – 2008
Officer of the Order of Canada – 1998

“Where there’s music in your life,” says Céline Dion, “there is happiness.”

And...

  • Social Justice, Sports & Health
Companion of the Order of Canada – 2009

Here is a measure of Chantal Petitclerc’s confidence and wit: Early on in her storied career as...